SLEEPS is a grass roots organization whose mission is to provoke changes in attitudes, laws and policies toward those who are unhoused in order to help create a more just, humane and sensibly managed society for all.

Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places To Sleep


SLEEPS is not just talking; we’re acting. It’s about taking action to establish and maintain Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep for those who are currently unhoused. SLEEPS works to decriminalize and provide resources for the other “unavoidable consequences of being human” such as cooking, eating, staying warm and dry and going to the bathroom. SLEEPS is exercising 1st Amendment rights for the purpose of upholding the 4th, 8th, 9th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution and relevant Articles of the Oregon Constitution.


SLEEPS immediate objectives are to force the city to:

  • modify the camping ban and park curfews to allow unhoused people to sleep from 9pm to 7am on public property, in accordance with the 2007 Jones v.
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Whoville Update

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Whoville is an unsanctioned tent sanctuary made up of mostly homeless and some housed people.  They are protesting for the right to sleep.

Whoville is 30 homeless strong and growing everyday.  We have moved 8 times in one month but are currently standing our ground in the shadow of the Federal Courthouse at 6th and Mill, N of Federal Courthouse.  All together 14 (no camping) tickets have been issued between 11/5/14, 11-19-14, 11/24/14, and 11/26/14.

We are camping on unused city owned property to have shelter from wind and rain, to support each other and to call attention to the criminalization of houseless people in Eugene.  Another storm is coming soon…

We are becoming very familiar with the train system of Eugene, feel like we practically know the people that honk their horns on their way to work starting at 4 am and the friendlier supporters that tap their horns hello as they go by.… Read the rest

Eugene City Council Unanimously Moves to Modify Camping Laws

This afternoon, the Eugene City Council moved unanimously to propose a temporary ordinance allowing homeless camping on vacant city property that is not developed parkland for a trial period of four months. The ordinance has yet to be crafted, and will be subject to a public hearing, but this move by the City Council today is the most progressive step that the City of Eugene has taken regarding the camping laws since they were first enacted in 1983.

This move comes after nearly two years’ work on the part of homeless activists in Eugene, who have been consistently arguing in favor of changing the camping laws at nearly every Council meeting since the fall of 2011. The camping ordinances have been the subject of controversy since they were enacted, and numerous groups of activists have attempted to persuade Council to change the laws since the mid 1980’s.

More information from the Eugene Register-Guard can be found here:

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